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Who named the chatbot "Does Elisha speak?"

Who named the chatbot "Does Elisha speak?" I have to admit - The first time I saw it, I thought it was a human, and I thought it was a question. Also - Does the phrase "Does Elisha speak?" have ...
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On what point have not barrels of ink been poured out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do we reconcile the guidance in the global FAQ with the site’s purpose? Insofar as it is to pertain to Christianity, I think the standard wording of the SE FAQ is ...
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Should we have an accept rate here?

Over on Programmers, accept rate doesn't show up on your card when you ask a question. I wonder if we shouldn't adopt the same model here, since a lot of questions are going to bring very different ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Can we infer all questions are referring to Christiantiy?

I know right now I'm talking to myself, but I just asked a question which would probably be flagged as 'off topic' because I didn't ask a question 'about Christianity' I just asked a question that ...
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Is critical analyzing of Christianity allowed here?

I am a user of Islam.SE, I need guidance for that site. Are questions that provide critical analysis of Christianity or the Bible allowed here? For example, if I were to point to a verse and my ...
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How should the sample question and answers read on the tour page?

As noted recently in this question we need to contrive a decent question and answer pair (actually at least a pair of answers) that fit the criteria for the tour page. Please post suggestions here ...
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Since we can rescind close votes, lets use 'em

I don't much care what you call it, (I'm going to call it "faith tradition") but if it's not specified in the question, please VTC the question. This is very important to our success as a site and ...
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Gray areas of questiondom

Finally have taken it upon myself to be what I hated on Programmers.SE and started Voting to Close questions that applying a bit of what we've learned over the past year makes an answerable question. ...
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What is meant by survey?

The tour says that we should not ask about "a survey of all Christian views on a particular subject". What exactly is meant by this line?
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Is the lack of a question mark always a "bad question smell?"

I'll admit - I'm beginning to have a real bias against "questions" that don't end in a question mark. Two recent examples: What is the scriptural basis for "Love God and do whatever you please&...
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What should be our tag convention for books of the Bible?

Right now our tags are an absolute hodge-podge. Over the coming weeks I'll be making an effort to help clean up and organize these. Right off the bat I've been thinking about naming schemes a little ...
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How can I make problematic answers more objective?

Background David Stratton recently wrote in another answer: I've been thinking it would be nice if we had a post here on META that would offer tips for editing Truthy posts to bring them in line ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

Our first run of Community Promotion Ads has come to a close. As we now hit December 2013, it's time to start a brand new round! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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What are the odds that this site will be canonized if this goes on...?

I've got a bit of time, effort and interest invested in this SE project. If you wrangle the numbers on StackExchange.com, Christianity.SE seems to be ahead of the curve of recently started sites, ...
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Can I remove the personal aspect from a pastoral advice-like question and make it less personal?

I recently noticed a question on Christianity.SE that talked about whether or not in the pre-Cana, the non-virgin was allowed to be married in the Catholic Church. I assumed that it was talking about ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Is Protestant too broad? [duplicate]

Protestant means people who reject the authority of the Catholic Church right? So, why might this be too broad a thing to ask about? If it is too broad, aughtnt we nix the tag?
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What lessons could we learn from sites like Judaism.SE?

Religious and other belief-oriented topics are definitely a category apart from the usual science- and technology-oriented ones that are the focus of most StackExchange sites. Where much of the ...
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Bible-scholarship integrity?

We are seeing plenty of questions and answers that say things like "St. Paul wrote in Ephesians" or "St. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy..." There is a large body of textual-critical scholarship holding that ...
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Eastern Religions

Occasionally, I see answers that compare Christianity to "Eastern religions" -- and that phrase is usually followed by a completely muddled failure to understand...Something, probably Buddhism or ...
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Are C.SE questions getting too aggressive?

In the last week I've seen a number of questions taking an aggressive tone against different groups of people. For example, the question How did the Catholic canon that Christians could not 'share a ...
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How to ask duplicate questions?

Sometimes (and this holds for all SE sites) I find a question that is quite interesting but it's answers aren't much good. The previous questioner might have accepted an answer because it appealed ...
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Christianity Self-Evaluation: Let's Get Critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Can we change the tour page to have a non-unicorn question?

If you go to the tour page today, you'll see information specific to this site as well as an example question about unicorns: In contrast, Mi Yodeya's tour has a question specific to Judaism. Can we ...
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Meta logo on Main

I've restarted Firefox, so it shouldn't be a matter of the browser getting confused. It appears the Meta sprites are being used on Main: The main logo is the wrong colour — grey instead of blue — and ...
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Are critical scholars a scope?

I'm on my phone so the cutting and pasting is too onerous but I saw in the review queue that a post was edited for reopening given the scope of Critical Scholars. Now, I know who these guys are, and ...
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Can we rename the "virgin-mary" tag to the more neutral "mary-mother-of-jesus"?

The virgin-mary tag is used for a lot of questions for which the perpetual virginity of Mary is not relevant. As most protestants reject the perpetual virginity of Mary this is problematic - it would ...
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What are the user demographic stats for Christianity.SE?

I imagine that SE tracks IP addresses and keeps a chart of where people are coming from. It helps with advertising and legal decisions. I know SE doesn't require you to tell, but what do we know of ...
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Do we have a question quality problem from new users lately?

Go to the main site, sort by newest, then scroll down through the last four or five days. The fact that many of the newest questions over the last week are on-hold. From February 7th to part way ...
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Who are "Church fathers"?

I've seen a number of questions recently edited, by well-meaning people, to ask "What did Church Fathers say about...?" We also have some older questions along the same vein. Is this meaningful? It ...
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What translations do we accept?

I was half-considering answering a question by creating my own translation of the Bible. I decided against it (for the time being), but it brought up an interesting question in my mind: What ...
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Are we graduating to a full site?

I saw this question, just a couple days old. Does this mean we are graduating to a full site now with the design work being done?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is a Stack Exchange style site really appropriate for religious questions?

In my experience the Stack Exchange family of websites tend to ask the type of questions that have specific provable answers. Since your basic religious argument in-general boils down to faith, there ...
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New chat theme usability issue

Perhaps I'm the only one seeing this: I think the word help is the leftmost option, but I copied a bit more just in case. My eyesight is pretty good, but I can't really read anything other than ...
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Is it the font or color scheme that makes this site hard to bear for me?

I am generally having a hard time reading many of the questions in this font / color scheme of the new site. Honestly, the new layout and colors make me not want to come back to this site at all. This ...
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Messianic secret questions

We've just had another question about the 'Messianic Secret': To whom or what Jesus was hiding (afraid of) in the given cases during his ministry? We've had several other ones before, but they're ...
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Should related question links be edited into questions or left as comments?

It seems that the typical practice is to link related questions in a comment on the question, but I seem to recall reading that the comments are not exposed to search engines and I think links are an ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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How should Bible quotes be formatted?

In the absence of Markdown support for Bible quotations, how should people format quotes from the Bible? For instance, here is 2 Timothy 1:7-8 (KJV) (both are really good verses) with some different ...
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Is it better to have more tags or fewer?

I was looking at the tagging of some posts and the editing going on and I wondered what the proper tag philosophy should be more or fewer? And why? For example one post asking at the word of faith ...
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Meta tag cleanup

I cleaned up tags on a bunch of posts today, partitularly the faq tag. I removed a couple of posts that I haven't seen referenced in a long time and don't seem to be frequently encountered problems ...
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What should we do with answers that don't meet the minimum threshhold of Christian *group*?

One "feature" of Stack Exchange is that it is just as easy to post a "wrong" answer as it is a right one. The beauty of crowd-sourcing is that many eyeballs should push the "cream" to the top and ...
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What's the difference between doctrine and doctrinal tradition?

In Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? we see that users are asked to specify a doctrinal tradition when asking about specific doctrine: Questions that are seeking ...
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Why is the onus on the questioner to ask for a particular perspective?

One thing has puzzled me in the short time I've been browsing Christianity.SE, and it should be fairly self evident from the title- why is it that questions which ask for a particular perspective are ...
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When the community determines my question to be a duplicate should I delete it?

I asked a question that was declared a duplicate (Does the Catholic Church teach that only Catholics are Christians?). I want to be a good steward and not leave it to clutter the stack. Is it ...
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Which resources should be used to answer "doctrine" questions?

Recently a question was asked that followed this pattern: "Factual" assertion (not specific to Christianity, but sets the context for the questions that follow) Set of "Doctrinal" questions, based on ...
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Who is this site for?

In my answer to the Proposed FAQ question, I mentioned the first line of the FAQ should clearly state who the site is for. Examples on other sites: Stack Overflow: Stack Overflow is for professional ...
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Catholicism closed, anybody mind if I just ask those questions here?

Looks like my favorite church isn't getting a stack exchange site. There were lots of good questions on that proposal there, anyone want to help me ask them here? Also, should questions like ...

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